WestEd's Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is now offering the PITC Infant & Toddler Group Care Course online!

Contact: Tracy Johnson | tjohnso2@wested.org

Online Infant and Toddler Group Care Course Flyer 

This course focuses on the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and addresses in particular how to support healthy social-emotional development and learning in group care settings. Course topics include an exploration of different temperament tendencies; stages of social-emotional development; development of self-esteem, security and social competence; socialization and guidance, and program policies that best support the healthy social-emotional development; learning, culture and families. The course also covers early brain development and learning; discoveries of infancy; culture; partnerships with families; and working with children with special needs.


Professionals working in a child care environment are the intended audience for this course. Priority will be given to those professionals currently caring for infants and toddlers in group care settings. Course participants (students) will be expected to complete approximately 3-5 hours of coursework per week for 18 weeks. Coursework hours include flexible online "in-class time" and the completion of readings, group discussions, quizzes, assignments and job-embedded practice. Students will participate in three online group discussions at designated times. Participants may also receive coaching either in person or online. Students must have regular access to a computer with internet connection and a phone line.

Student Learning Outcomes

This course will enable students to:

  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of a child's emotional and social development;
  • Learn ways to best meet the social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers in group care;
  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of how children learn and best ways to facilitate their learning; and
  • Learn about the importance of culture and families.

Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible for three units through California State University, Fresno. Completion of the course may be used toward CCTC Professional Growth Hours and QRIS requirements.*

*Please note that the PITC Online Infant & Toddler Group Care Course is not a Train-the-Trainer course, and does not qualify participants to obtain PITC Trainer certification.

Cost to Enroll

Includes all materials, access to online course, coaching and enrollment fees for three units of academic credit.  Enrollment fees are non-refundable even in the case of drop or withdrawal from the course.

  • California participants working in a group care setting 20+ hours/week with children 0-36 months: $225.00**
  • All other participants: $975.00

**Verification of California residency will be required prior to enrollment.

Apply Online Here

Space is limited. Priority will be given to professionals working with children under 36 months of age in group care settings in California.

Submit your online application now to be considered for the next cohort. *** You will receive an email notification of your status within two weeks of submitting your application.

Upcoming cohorts:

  • January 2023 - Course starts January 23rd - currently accepting applications
  • May 2023 - Course starts May 8th
  • September 2023 - Course starts September 11th

***Agencies/organizations may request additional cohorts for large groups of students. Please contact us for further information.